By Richard Parks
Liverpool have pocketed £150million of TV money for participating in this season’s Premier League, according to a report.
The Times claim in their Game section (14 May, page four) the Merseysiders have earned the third-highest sum of broadcasting revenue in the top flight as a result of 28 of their matches being shown on Sky Sports and BT Sports, culminating in Sunday’s televised 4-0 win against Brighton.
Liverpool have earned £82million as a base TV fee, £33.9million for the number of their Premier League games screened and a further £33.8million for finishing in fourth place in the table.
The figures, which amount to £149.6million in total, are compiled from official Premier League distribution data.
Football Insider verdict:
Even for a club of the prestige and commercial might of Liverpool, Premier League TV money is vital to their financial health, and demonstrates why so much store is put in a high Premier League finish. The Merseyside giants posted a £39million profit in their recently-published financial results and the £150million windfall will go a long way to contributing to another tasty set of results for the current season. It provides nearly half of the club’s revenue, which amounted to £364million for the 2016-17 season, although that sum is likely to be well north of £400million in 2017-18 as a result of the stunning run to the Champions League final. Little wonder money men John W Henry and company are so thrilled with Jurgen Klopp, who deserves huge credit for building a swashbuckling team that broadcasters are so keen to regularly screen. No Premier League team – Manchester United and Arsenal are equal first with Liverpool – have been shown on TV more often this season.